In Pittsburgh, sports are everything, the Steelers are everything. The members of the Pittsburgh community “bleed black and gold.” This feeling was no different for Attorney Jason Luckasevic, who had grown up in the Pittsburgh area. Because of the city’s love for sports, almost everyone knew about Mike Webster or “Iron Mike” as they called him. But what some may not know is that his career was the beginning of much more than his legacy of becoming one of the best football players of all time. Although Jason Luckasevic knew of the infamous Iron Mike, he too did not know that there would be more to Mr. Webster’s story, or that he would become part of that story.
In 2002, one of Jason’s dear friends Dr. Omalu, a pathologist in Pittsburgh, began his normal workday only today was the day that would change his life forever. Today was the day he was going to perform an autopsy on Iron Mike. Not being a fan of football, Dr. Omalu was unaware of Iron Mike’s football legacy, but he did know who Mike was because of his troubled history that had been shamelessly aired in the media. As any other patient, Dr. Omalu began his work. When the cause of death is a heart attack, it is not routine to examine the brain, but Dr. Omalu decided to do so because of Iron Mikes publicity of a troubled nature after playing in the NFL. Dr. Omalu then discovered that Iron Mike had a disease now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”).
Just as a normal day for Jason Luckasevic, he entered his law office early and as routine, began to read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, only this time there would be more than just sports statistics and politics. This time, there was an article about his dear friend Dr. Omalu. The article ridiculed Dr. Omalu’s work, and his discovery of CTE. Jason Luckasevic did not appreciate the words used to describe his friend or his work, so that very morning Jason Luckasevic spoke with Dr. Omalu. The conversation was short, Jason asked what Dr. Omalu was going to do about the unfounded words of criticism, and Dr. Omalu replied: “You’re a good lawyer, you figure it out.” And so he did.
Jason Luckasevic began studying the devastating effects of brain injury in sports and together they worked to bring this issue to the forefront of the NFL’s attention. Luckasevic brought concussions in sports to national attention when he filed the first two lawsuits against the National Football League on behalf of more than 120 retired players for their CTE brain injuries.
Because of his tireless efforts Jason Luckasevic is now the most sought after lawyer and expert consultant on sports brain injuries. Jason and his law firm, Goldberg, Persky & White (GPW), are dedicated to helping individuals and available to discuss your legal needs in a free consultation. Working with the best medical professionals allows Jason and GPW the opportunity to maximize the results for their clients.
Additional Information about Jason:
- Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1997
- Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 2000
- Pennsylvania, 2000
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2001
- Arizona, 2010
- Michigan, 2010
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2010
Legal Practice Areas
- Brain Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
- Occupational Disease
- Toxic Torts/Harmful Chemical Exposure
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- Allegheny County Bar Foundation—volunteer (2011-2015)
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania—Board member 2013 to 2016
- Brain Unity Trust—co-founder and presenter
- National Asbestos/ Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association
- National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association
- National Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- 2nd Skull– consultant
- Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
- Washington County Bar Association
- Western Pennsylvania Association for Justice
National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Under 40
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)
National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (2015—Top 10 under 40)
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (2015)
Quotes about Jason
“Jason Luckasevic probably is one of the best positioned people in the world to share frank insights about football and concussions.” – Mike Kadan
“Jason’s clearly the guy to speak on this matter. He is battle tested and has been doing this entire process along with over 600 players that he represents. I don’t know John Hogan as well as I know Jason Luckasevic. And what I know about Jason Luckasevic is that he’s a man of integrity and he will fight his butt off for what’s right.” – Leonard Marshall
“Without Jason’s passion for the truth and his integrity, this never would have happened.” – George Visger
“I rely on my lawyer, Jason Luckasevic, to help guide me through this. . .”- Dave Pear
Presentations and Publications
Study Leader, Carnegie Mellon University (Osher Program), 2013 & 2014, “Sports Concussion Injuries.”
“Understanding the NFL Concussion Lawsuit,” by Jason Luckasevic, Washington County Winter-Bench Bar CLE presentation, January 24, 2014.
Independent Football Veterans Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May 2013, “NFL Concussion Litigation: Update.”
Independent Football Veterans Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2012, “Who Started The NFL Concussion Litigation?”
Independent Retired Football Players Summit, Las Vegas, NV, April 2010, “Potential Liability NFL Faces for Concussions.”
“Mixed Messages on Brain Injuries”, by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN.com, November 16, 2012.
“Ex Players Aim for Medical Care”, by AJ Perez, Fox Sports, April 19, 2012.
“Mark Duper, O.J. Anderson among 75 retirees suing NFL over Concussions,” by Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post, July 20, 2011.
“Film on Dangers of Brain Injuries in NFL Players Features Harrison,” by Alan Robinson, Trib Total Media, September 19, 2012.
“NFL Faces Image-Damage Contrast,” by Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune, June 10, 2012.
“The NFL is Playing a Dangerous Game,” by Ravi Marfatia, Juris- the Duquesne Law School Newsmagazine, Winter 2013.
Featured on ESPN 970 Radio Show hosted by Stan Savran discussing the legal theories behind the NFL Concussion litigation, May 11, 2012.
Featured on Mad Dog Radio show for ESPN Sirius radio discussing health of clients involved in concussion lawsuit, July 24, 2011.
Featured on ESPN Outside the Line Program involving whether documents discovered in Mike Webster case are the Concussion lawsuit’s smoking gun, November 16, 2012.
Featured on documentary “The United States of Football” produced by Sean Pamphilon, copyright 2013.
Featured on CNN story of Former players suing the NFL, July 21, 2011.
“Pittsburgh woman: UPMC Mercy doctors allowed my husband to die because he was uninsured,” by Matt Belanger, WTAE TV and WTAE.com, June 27, 2013.
“Woman says hospital, doctors let her husband die,” by Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 28, 2013.
“Lawsuit blames uninsured man’s doctors at UPMC Mercy for his death,” by Adam Brandolph, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 28, 2013.
“UPMC Mercy named in wrongful death lawsuit,” WPXI, June 27, 2013.
“Ex-NFL players file suit in Pittsburgh over royalities,” by Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 31, 2013.
“Ex-NFL players file suit here over rights to images,” by Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 1, 2013.
“Some players may be out of NFL deal,” by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN, September 20, 2013.
“Concussion Lawsuit and the Steelers: Is $765 Million Enough?”, by Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 6, 2013.
Featured in “League of Denial,” by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, Crown Publishing Company, October 8, 2013.
“Randall Cobb’s Leg Fracture Flips NFL Concussion Conversation,” by Katie Moisse via Good Morning America, October 15, 2013.
“NFL Wives: We Pick up the Pieces after Brain Injuries to Football Player Husbands,” by Stephanie Gosk and Monica Alba, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, December 17, 2013.
“Ex-Player sues NCAA over Football Injuries,” by Rich Lord, Post-Gazette, December 18, 2013.
“Lawsuit links Football Concussions and ALS,” by Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 18, 2013.
“Dealing a Blow,” by Francesca Sacco, Washington Observer-Reporter, December 18, 2013.
“NFL Wives Share their Stories of Husband’s Brain Injuries,” by Stephanie Gosk, NBC Today Show, December 21, 2013.
Featured on The Sports Exchange Radio Show for 95.9 FM WATD in New England discussing the NFL litigation and brain injuries in sports, December 22, 2013.
“New NFL Royalty Battle Kicks off in Pittsburgh Federal Court,” by Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 23, 2013.
“Erie’s NFL retiree sues league,” by Lisa Thompson, Erie Times-News, December 27, 2013.
“Slipping Away,” by Steven Cole Smith, Road & Track Magazine, February 2014.
“Lawyer Blasts Concussion Agreement,” by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN Outside the Lines, January 14, 2014.
“NFL Wives Agree with Judge that $765 Million Not Big Enough,” by Monica Alba and Stephanie Gosk, NBCNews.com, January 15, 2014.
“Vocal Doubters on the NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Claims Proposal,” by Jeremy Roebuck, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 26, 2014.
“Is NFL Concussion Accord on Shaky Ground,” by Hale Spencer, The Legal Intelligencer, January 26, 2014.
“The Man Who Knew Too Little,” by Nick Nehamas, Columbia Sports Journal, February 2, 2014.
Featured in Blogtalkradio in an interview about filing the first NFL concussion lawsuit by Amy Goodwin on May 8, 2014.
“Football Concussion suit against NCAA Gets Green Light,” By Hale Spencer, The Legal Intelligencer, May 30, 2014.
Featured on WTAE-TV in an interview by Andrew Stockey concerning the preliminary approval of the NFL concussion settlement, July 9, 2014.
“14 Impactful People on Concussions from Cleveland to Pittsburgh,” by Stephanie Kuzydym, Cleveland.com, July 16, 2014.
“10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys,” by Newsweek magazine, July 24, 2014 indicating that GPW and illustrating Jason Luckasevic’s initial efforts on the NFL concussion litigation.”
“NFL- deal opt out low; hurdle exists,” by Steve Fainaru, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lester Munson, ESPN.com, October 13, 2014.
Featured on ABC Fusion network by anchor Pedro Andrade concerning the NFL concussion case at 5:30 PM (EST) on October 14, 2014.
“Jason Luckasevic is First Attorney to File a Concussion Case against the NFL,” by Nabeal Twereet, Lawcrossing.com, October 20, 2014.
“Tackling Concussion: Law, Medicine & Sport Debate the Future of Athletics in America,” Washington & Jefferson College Homecoming Pre-Law Advisory Committee lecture Moderator, October 25, 2014.
“The NFL Concussion Settlement is Pure Evil,” by Patrick Hruby, Vice Sports, October 28, 2014.
“Hall of Famer DeLamielleure takes on NFL for damage done long ago,” by Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, November 2, 2014.
“This Duquesne Law Grad Surpassed his Aspirations when he filed a Groundbraking NFL Concussion suit,” by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, November 7, 2014.
“Down by Law,” by Michael Sokolove, the New York Times Magazine (cover story), November 9, 2014.
“League players face long road if they take legal action over concussion,” by Peter Fitzsimons, North Queensland Register, November 13, 2014.
“Editorial: NFL Settlement with Players Lifts Veil on Extent of Football Injuries,” by Stephan Savoia, Gazettenet.com, November 13, 2014.
“The Man Whose ‘Crusade Could Change football Forever’ Speaks with Us about Concussions and the NFL,” by Michael Kasdan, The Good Men Project, November 17, 2014.
“For Some, NFL Concussion Settlement Proposal is yet Another Injury,” by Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2014.
“’It Feels Like the Game is Rigged:’ Why Former Players are Worried About the NFL Concussion Settlement,” by Patrick Hruby, Vice Sports, November 18, 2014.
“A Porous Defense,” by Sam Gold, The Tufts Daily, November 18, 2014.
“Former Players Ask NFL to Pay More in Settlement Case,” by Scottie Lee Meyers, Wisconsin Public Radio, November 18, 2014.
“An Unsettling Deal,” by Peter Keating, ESPN The Magazine, November 19, 2014.
“Judge Will Rule on Fairness of NFL Concussion Settlement,” by Jeremy Roebuck, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 19, 2014.
“Local Lawyer took on the NFL and Won,” by Andy Sheehan, KDKA (CBS) TV Pittsburgh, December 9, 2014.
“The Best Sporting Quotes for 2014,” Sunday Star Times, December 28, 2014.
“Ex-Super Bowl Champ Leonard Marshall to Teach about Concussions,” by Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, January 30, 2015.
“Borland’s Early Retirement Stokes NFL Debate Over Concussions,” by Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, March 17, 2015.
“Coraopolis-based program has a new tool to keep tabs on your brain: RC21X,” by Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 29, 2015.
“Brain Health System Seminar Coming in July,” by Shae Dalrymple, Herald Star, April 20, 2015.
“NFL Concussion Settlement received federal judge’s final OK,” by Nethan Fenno, April 23, 2015.
“Lawyer in NFL concussion deal says an appeal would be ‘selfish,’” by Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, April 24, 2015.
Featured guest on KD/PG Sunday Edition on CBS Pittsburgh TV local affiliate KDKA, hosted by Ken Rice, Jason Luckasevic discussing concussions, lawsuits and medical developments, April 26, 2015.
“The Player Whose Bell Stayed Rung,” by Dave McKenna, Deadspin, May 7, 2015.
“Gridiron Dementia,” by Nicholas Ducassi, Carnegie Mellon Today, May 2015 issue.
“Leonard Marshall on CTE, Concussion, and the NFL then and now,” by Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated, September 2, 2015.
Featured on two commercials promoting brain injury prevention with former Pittsburgh Steeler Louis Lipps aired Friday Nights during the CW network Friday Night High School football game of the week during the fall 2015 season.
Featured guest on Pittsburgh Living aired on CBS Pittsburgh TV local affiliate KDKA, hosted by Shelly Duffy, Jason Luckasevic discussing concussion litigation at Goldberg, Persky & White, September 25, 2015.
Featured as a legal expert in documentary “Presidential Football,” produced by Brave New Films in association with Kent State University, October 2015.
“Three Things that Could Determine the Future of College Football,” by B. David Ridpath, Forbes, October 11, 2015.
“Assessing the Damage,” by Matt Storin, Notre Dame Magazine, Autumn 2015.
“Concussion,” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Penguin Random Home, November 24, 2015.
“Lifetime Brain Performance Monitoring for NFL Players,” medical Design Technology Magazine, 11/13/15.
Featured in “Concussion,” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Random House, November 24, 2015.
Featured guest of MSNBC “Morning Joe” on December 10, 2015 discussing “experience of taking on the NFL.”
“Following Years of Inaction on Concussions in Sports, Litigation Forced Safety Improvements in NFL, New Report Says,” by American Association for Justice, December 15, 2015.
Featured guest of SEN 1116 radio, Melbourne’s Home of Sport, discussing “NFL lawsuit and Concussion movie.”
Featured guest of WHCR 90.3 FM radio, “What’s Going on Sports Talk with Stephanie Stepp” on December 20, 2015.
“’Concussion’ films stirs NFL brain injury debate,” by Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, December 20, 2015.
“Why the NFL doesn’t want you to see ‘Concussion,’” by Katie Couric, Yahoo News!, December 21, 2015.